“Look” is a helpful command for serving to your canine acclimate to a brand new state of affairs or atmosphere.
Is your canine simply distracted? Does he spend your total stroll lunging at squirrels and barking at folks? Is he unable to to go a brightly coloured umbrella or a enjoying youngster with out wanting to research?
In case your canine’s curiosity is slowing down your walks, there’s an answer. Coaching your canine to “look” on command may help maintain him targeted on the place he’s going with out lacking any of the thrill that’s taking place round him.
Coaching your canine to look within the route of one thing novel, attention-grabbing or probably even barely unnerving could sound nonsensical. Why draw your canine’s consideration to one thing which will excite and even upset him? If you train your canine to “look,” you additionally practice him to return his consideration to you. This may help to make novel conditions extra predictable and provides your canine a option to focus and keep away from overreacting to one thing that may be scary or irritating — or simply tremendous thrilling — for him.
Look Over There!
Maintain an object your canine will probably be all for — like a chew toy or a ball — behind your again, the place your canine can’t see it. A toy with a squeaker or rattle might be useful for catching your canine’s consideration. You can even wiggle or wave the toy gently to catch his eye.
Ask your canine to take a look at you; as soon as he’s making eye contact, pull the hidden merchandise out and maintain it out to your aspect, away from the place your canine is wanting. Instantly mark and reward any look or motion your canine makes within the route of the article.
If you reward him, give the deal with in such a manner that your canine has to show again towards you (and away from the thrilling toy) to get his reward. To do that, maintain the deal with immediately in entrance of your legs, on the degree of the canine’s nostril. This helps to bolster the concept of taking a look at one thing after which shifting consideration again to you, which is precisely what you’re making an attempt to show him.
Subsequent, add a verbal cue —“look” — to the conduct. Say the phrase simply as your canine begins to show his head within the route of the merchandise. You can even watch your canine’s physique language and be aware when he’s on the brink of flip towards the article. Ultimately, you need to have the ability to use the “look” cue to level out attention-grabbing issues earlier than your canine sees them for himself.